Prepared for Survival

Elijah called out to Israel: “How long will you be limping between two different opinions? If Jehovah is the true God, follow him; but if Baʹal is, follow him!” But the people did not say a word in answer to him.”

The Israelites struggled with the basic question associated with their survival – “whose side are you on?” and right now billions are answering by their opposition and silence.

Planning to survive isn’t the same as being prepared to survive. Most weeks I watch local offshore fishermen grab their life buoyancy vest and throw it on their boat. In a recent accident the fisherman had his life vest on board so he was planned to survive any incident but when it happened he wasn’t wearing it. Planning and preparation.

We can be the same we tell everyone we have our plan ready, we have all the equipment but if it isn’t in the right location for use then it is wasted.

Preparation involves more than having a plan, we must follow through and raise our state of awareness, resource our survival plan and ensure we have it with us ready for use.

Psalm 37: 10 begins with the words “Just a little while longer…” doesn’t that sound imminent? Jesus in Matthew 24 listed the signs and Revelation described the events.

However, just like the days of Elijah we are heading for the reckoning. This system of globalism and government is ending, it is unsustainable and millions no BILLIONS are totally unprepared for survival.

One scripture has always captured my attention Psalm 146: 3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”

No human government can ever guarantee your survival and what they achieve has limited effects.

How do you Prepare?

The first thing is recognise the danger, perceive the range hazards and the mitigate the risk by thorough preparation. Hopefully the reader realises I’m not one of those Christians that say “accept Jesus as your personal saviour and that means you’re saved”

Jesus didn’t say nor did the Apostles notice Jesus words in Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

He did go on to tell us what happens in the next illustration Matthew 7: 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and lashed against that house, but it did not cave in, for it had been founded on the rock.26 Furthermore, everyone hearing these sayings of mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and struck against that house, and it caved in, and its collapse was great.”

The Discreet person hears Jesus sayings and does them. So the first element of our preparation is to read the Bible, understand the signs, look at the conditions we face and identify where we are in the stream of events. Again in Matthew 24 Jesus made it clear when we see things happening then that is the time to take action.

If you have ever been in a burning building you’ll know you never wait for the fire to reach you before you start to think about escape. As soon as you are aware, you know what you are going to do, hopefully you have had the chance to practice it and you get out of there raising the alarm as you go.

The American Military have the mantra – leave no one behind – well Jesus had the same approach as his father note the words in in 2 Peter 3: 9 “Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.10 But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed.”

Do not be misled, we face the near extinction of humanity and we have the choice, survive or die.

Choose to survive and begin your preparation now. Study the Bible, link to a free bible study course we are not afraid of the future we are prepared for it. Israel was told to Stand Still and See the Salvation of Jehovah, this is not our battle therefore we need to pick a side, listen to the commander of Gods forces and be ready for survival.

Remember Zephaniah 2: 3Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the earth, that have kept his ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah’s anger.” the only doubt is where we stand because for as long as we limp along on two sides we are only assured of not surviving.

We don’t need guns, stock piles of gold and silver, an underground bunker, we need to acknowledge Jehovah God, Jesus his appointed King and prepare our selves and family for survival.

Armageddon – something to fear?

This has to be given some thought because the answer is both Yes and No!. The reason is who side you are on.

One thing unites world governments

Governments perceive that Armageddon is the ultimate War that destroys the earth, yet that is not an accurate understanding of the scriptures.

The final book of the New Testament – The Revelation written to John or known by many as The Apocalypse chapter 16 and verse 16 reads “And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-magedon”

Lets ask the obvious question who is the “they” referred to in this text? Let’s begin with the context John sees bowls of denunciation and judgement poured out in sequence, the War spoken of is the climax of the sixth bowl.

Therefore, lets begin with the out pouring of that bowl, Revelation 16: 12 “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”

We know fro9m the overall context of the visions these events were to occur in a period identified as the “last days” or as many like to refer to them as “end times”. Therefore, the information is not literal, we are not to expect that suddenly the River Euphrates will stop flowing, rather this refers to the state of humanity and the attachment to religion and faith. The Great River Euphrates ran through Babylon and we are witnessing the number of those who claim to have a faith dry up. Also, as a Political power we are watching Governments struggle to convince their fellow citizens that they have the best solution. Therefore, as the water and seas are often a reference to the state of Humankind we are looking at the evidence today of dwindling support for the established way of life.

That seems quite simple but note the next part of the prophetic vision Revelation 16: 13 “And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Okay, so we have three protagonists in this part of the vision, these have already been identified in the earlier parts of “The Dragon” in chapter 12 is Satan the Devil and he has positioned himself against God’s Kingdom. The other characters are linked to the authority he has given them as he rules the world 1 John 5: 19.

Looking at their single purpose “they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.”

Armageddon is a war led by Satan, using human rulers to fight against God’s Kingdom. What do you think the outcome will be. Revelation 17 begins with the destruction of the Harlot or world religion – the rulers of the world will take the lead in this

Revelation 18 : 4 “And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” So we know we can escape that part of the destruction or the war that is coming.

Revelation 19 reminds us that salvation is with God, the one fighting as Champion against the Devil is identified – the invincible warrior king Jesus Christ. Then note Revelation 19: 19 “And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army.20 And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur.21 But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” Human rulers and those who follow them cannot be victorious because they are fighting against God. So Armageddon is a moment in time when Human Rulers turn their attention to removing all of those who follow God’s Kingdom. They align themselves with the invisible Satanic creatures who are ensuring they are destroyed.

Revelation 20 and 21 explain that those on the side of God’s Kingdom will survive, it also describes the resurrection of the dead and the final war between invisible creatures.

We are involved. Satan taunted Jehovah that like Job we only serve God for what we get out of it. However, the survivors answer that challenge with the critical words in Revelation 19:1After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: “Praise Jah! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God,2 because his judgments are true and righteous. For he has executed judgment on the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his slaves that is on her hands.”3 And right away for the second time they said: “Praise Jah! And the smoke from her goes on ascending forever and ever.”

Whose side have you chosen? Do have questions about how you chose the winning side now? The Interactive Bible Study Course Enjoy Life Forever as a free download, or request a hard copy and free course support. Life depends on get the right choice made now. Once we are at the point of Armageddon we have made the choice and the battle lines are drawn. The outcome is assured.

World War III – Can you Survive?

Russia threatens nuclear war over the NATO reaction and response to the annexing of the Ukraine. It is an issue that is frightening many is that this conflict will lead to the Bible War of Armageddon.

There are clear difference between the War in Europe, Nuclear and Armageddon. These are worth reviewing. Humanity is threatened by the posturing of Russia and there could be a nuclear incident but is this Armageddon?

Well lets check the Bible description – Revelation 16: 14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” then verse 16 “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

Nations are not fighting each other they have a common opponent – GOD! This war is further described in Revelation 19: 19 “And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army”.

The Nations Join together

The Bible refers to the coalition of Nations who decide to turn against religion, and the idea that God’s Kingdom has any right to rule. So they gather themselves, led by the international mouth piece – again identified in the Bible, this global grouping of the nations thinks it has established peace as the words in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 “Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, you need nothing to be written to you.2 For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape

The entertainment and film industry have long projected to people that this is a war they can win. However, fighting the power and armies of God is not like fighting “Aliens”. The human resolve will fail in this battle and the outcome is one that individuals find unpalatable because they assume the Religions reflect what Theocracy is like. For example, Islam and some sects of Christianity (like Catholicism) have painted God to harsh, unforgiving and cruel.

Life now is brutal, cruel, worthless and without hope, be honest with yourself do you really see this way of life prevailing and establishing real peace? Humans can’t rule humans because they dominate and damage.

So will the conflict and threat of Nuclear War herald Armageddon? No! This is a war between Governments and Humans Armageddon is a war against God.

The outcome is assured there are those who will survive so now is the time to do all we can to understand what is really happening in the World. We do not need to be afraid, although facing an uncertain period we know and are confident that Jehovah God has provided the route for survival but like all survival guides you have to read it , consult it and follow it. Something billions are not prepared to do.

The answer is simple to find out more let the Bible answer the question

The survival guide is the Bible, it is in most homes and available for free online – download a copy to your device and read it everyday.

Please comment if you would like to ask questions we are happy to answer from the Bible. Be courageous and strong because deliverance or rescue is very near, so reach out for the saving hand because soon it will be gone as the world decides to confront the creator and it won’t end well for the political, social and commercial systems of this earth. No one can fight against God and be victorious

End of Suffering – How can the Bible help

Wherever we live in the world we are facing increasing problems in daily life. Due to the environment, financial problems and those caused by conflict to name just a few.

So how can the bible help us now, and in the future?

Although written many years ago the bible offers practical help in all sorts of areas – how to find true friends, how to find family happiness. By applying its principles in daily life millions of people are living happier and purposeful lives.

But the bible also answers the big questions – will evil and suffering ever end? Does God really Care about me? and, how can I get to know God?

All of these things are covered in our online bible study course, the publication – “Enjoy Life Forever” supported with online video, audio and articles.

Follow the link above or visit jw.org to request support with your bible study program form a local minister.

The comfort we find in the Bible assures all those searching for God that in the near future Psalm 37: 10  Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;+ You will look at where they were, And they will not be there.+11  But the meek will possess the earth,+ And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.+

We Obey God as Ruler!

Are Christians seditionists as the precedence set by Jesus and the Apostles is absolutely clear. Here is the principle set out in scripture Acts 5: 29 “In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.”

Jesus words add to this John 17: 14 “I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.”

The mainstream Christian Churches have taken the principle at Romans 13: 1 “Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God.2 Therefore, whoever opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will bring judgment against themselves.” to mean that Governments are placed in power to do God’s will and that they rule ‘by the grace of God’.

Let’s go back to a reference that Jesus made the full account is found in the context of Matthew 22: 15 “Then the Pharisees went and conspired together in order to trap him in his speech.16 So they sent their disciples to him, together with party followers of Herod, saying: “Teacher, we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not seek anyone’s favor, for you do not look at the outward appearance of people.17 Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay head tax to Caesar or not?”18 But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: “Why do you put me to the test, hypocrites?19 Show me the tax coin.” They brought him a de·narʹi·us.20 He said to them: “Whose image and inscription is this?”21 They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”22 When they heard that, they were amazed, and they left him and went away.”

So Jesus and the Apostle Paul were clearly distinguishing between the authority of God and the right of the human Government. Both were accused of speaking against the Roman Emperor of their time and many branded them as blasphemers, some translations and commentators ranked this as sedition.

Was it the fact that the Roman Empire wasn’t Christian at that time? No, both recognised just what subjecting themselves to God means. Remember the Lords Prayer – priorities were listed as the sanctification of God’s name (Jehovah), the vindication of God’s rulership and that his kingdom come.

In the first century the Apostles had learned through their upbringing the Messiah would appear during that period but he would be cut off and that there were two sides. Acts 4: 23 After being released, they went to their own people and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24 On hearing this, they raised their voices with one accord to God and said: “Sovereign Lord, you are the One who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things in them,25 and who said through holy spirit by the mouth of our forefather David, your servant: ‘Why did nations become agitated and peoples meditate on empty things?26 The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers gathered together as one against Jehovah and against his anointed one.’27 For truly both Herod and Pontius Pilate with men of the nations and with peoples of Israel were gathered together in this city against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,28 to do what your hand and counsel had determined beforehand to occur.29 And now, Jehovah, give attention to their threats, and grant to your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness,30 while you stretch out your hand for healing and while signs and wonders occur through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

The Governments took their stand against God’s Kingdom, so Christians have to make a choice. Human Kings and Governments are appointed by people, they use their authority to provide security and order in many countries, to do this they require taxes and Christians follow Jesus example – we pay the tax, keep the laws up to the point they are directly opposed to Gods kingdom.

Why? The principle “We obey God as Ruler” Jehovah God appointed Jesus Christ to reign in his Kingdom so as Christians we hold that Kingdom as the ultimate standard.

1 John 5: 19 “We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” Jesus stated his disciples were no part of the world that includes the political structures, do they intend to undermine Satanic back rulership note the words of Micah 5: 15 “In anger and wrath I will execute vengeance On the nations that have not obeyed.”

Isaiah 61: 2 To proclaim the year of Jehovah’s goodwill And the day of vengeance of our God, To comfort all who mourn,

To round this off with balance Romans 12: 17 “Return evil for evil to no one. Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of all men.18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men.19 Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.”20 But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.”21 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.”

Jesus has been appointed to rule, he is appointed as judge and his law trumps any that restricts a Christians responsibility to advocate the “King and His Kingdom”.

The battle isn’t ours, Governments take their stand against God’s Kingdom, as Christians we do nothing to undermine human rulers, we stay out of the political circus and have no opinion on the decisions made. Compliance is assured up to the point where God’s standards are higher and require specific public action. This is why hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been imprisoned in countries around the globe, reasonable people putting God’s Kingdom ahead of human Government.

Our everlasting life doesn’t depend on the Presidents, Kings, Prime Ministers and Religious leaders rather on John 17: 3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

So are Christians seditionists? Here is Webster Definition

Definition of sedition

incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t suggest any member take up arms, rather for as long as human governments are permitted we observe the guidance at Romans 13: 1 and emphasise the Acts 5: 29 is the ultimate standard.

Governments have labelled Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremists, seditionists and decided that the peaceful message preached around the world that God’s Kingdom is the only hope for humankind as anti-government. Ultimately, as the future unravels we will see great events unfold and part of that is the allegation that those who are waiting on God’s Kingdom are to be hated.

All religion faces the ultimate test in the coming months and years but Psalm 37: 9 “For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.”

“10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

On the United Nations Building a scripture appears but notice the full text Isaiah 2: 3 “And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.4 And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

God’s Kingdom achieves this look at how it is happening know on the Official Website of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Honest Government

The weeks roll by and the political powers limp from one crisis to the next. Socialist, Conservative, Autocracy, Federal, Globalist and Human theocracy they all struggle and will continue to struggle. There is one critical point that they all have in common – a shared flaw Psalm 146: 3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” [KJV] No matter how well intentioned they fail to deliver the dream because they die.

Then we have the words of Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt” [KJV]

What can we learn from Jesus and how he spoke of leaders?

Let’s start with Luke 22: 24 And it came to pass that there was a rivalry also among them, as to which of them seemed to be greater [than the rest]. [Rotherham] Jesus had explained to his Apostles and Disciples that in his Kingdom they would be rulers, Kings! Therefore, the contention was who would be the first or greatest amongst them, the leader. Now Jesus responded with something that is at the heart of true equality in Government when he continued to say in Luke 22: 25 And he said unto them—The kings of the nations lord it over them, And they who wield authority over them benefactors are called.26 But ye not so! On the contrary—The greater among you Let him become as the younger, And he that governeth As he that ministereth, [Rotherham]

Jesus was amongst them and serving them, they had already acknowledged him as the Messiah, the Crown of David had passed to him. The equivalent of King Charles III serving food to the guests at a banquet, today it wouldn’t happen and yet Jesus was stating clearly that is the role of those who have the responsibility. There is a work, to meet the needs of the subjects of that Kingdom.

Honest Government requires leaders that serve. That is clear, but what about the subjects?

Again the scriptures are very clear. Let’s start with Ecclesiastes 12: 13 The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man. [RNWT]

What did Jesus emphasise? First Matthew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’38 This is the greatest and first commandment.39 The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.” [RNWT]

So the love of god is required and this is explained in 1 John 5: 3 For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,[RNWT]

So we are required to keep God’s commandment’s – a basic set of rules to live by. There’s no ambiguity or personal interpretation we need to follow the course Jesus did, subject ourselves to God.

We won’t need to fight wars, crime will be a thing of history, prejudice and hatred will be cast away. James the Brother of Jesus made this point James 1: 26 If any man thinks he is a worshipper of God but does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he is deceiving his own heart, and his worship is futile.27 The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world. [RNWT]

We need to examine ourselves against that bible standard for example, James 2: 14 Of what benefit is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but he does not have works? That faith cannot save him, can it?15 If any brothers or sisters are lacking clothing and enough food for the day,16 yet one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but you do not give them what they need for their body, of what benefit is it?17 So, too, faith by itself, without works, is dead. [RNWT] Do my works indicate that I am searching for Honest Government? If it is clear that God’s Government is the only Honest Government am I prepared to change or will it have to change to my standards?

Putting the needs of others first seems to be odd when we talk of Jehovah God, the way religions represent him and what they teach about Hell and eternal punishment, the immortality of the soul, how the dead can haunt the living, that God supports one country or religious group over another as the whim takes him. This is not the God of the Bible.

Consider this one scripture John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [KJV] then ask is this consistent with the teaching of superiority in Human Government.

Now is the right time to search for Jehovah God. To study his word the Bible and to start living up to our commitment as Christians to follow the Christ and keep those commandments. No watering down and no personal views let the Bible speak.

Preach the Word!

2 Timothy 4: 2 “Preach the word; be at it urgently in favourable times and difficult times; reprove, reprimand, exhort, with all patience and art of teaching.”

There is no doubt in the we limp from crisis to crisis, there is so much pressure created by the pace of change in our lives.

What “word” are we to Preach? Should we be shouting about tolerance, inclusion, setting the world to right through some social activity or civil disobedience?

Jesus was clear about the message he told his disciples to share Matthew 10: 7 “As you go, preach, saying: ‘The Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.’

Again in Matthew 24: 14 “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

The Global Preaching Work

The most powerful message we have on earth today is that the Kingdom of God is here and from the Bible prophesy we can be certain we live in the “last days”. Who is preaching about “God’s Kingdom and his Anointed King”? Who are doing this Globally? The Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses!

During June 2022 millions of Witnesses have returned to their Public Ministry, privately, you may have met them in parks, received letters or telephone calls. The Preaching of the Word has not stopped.

Wherever you are, whatever language you speak Jehovah’s Witnesses introduce everyone to God’s Word the Bible, encourage people to examine the Bible for themselves. Oh yes they are labelled, ridiculed and persecuted for this. In the Russian Federation elderly Witnesses have been imprisoned for their faith, these are ordinary people, many are grandparents, carers and important family members.

What is the issue for those who poke fun, or have decided that they are a radical group brainwashing others to pay their taxes, obey the Cival Authorities, live honestly, promote fidelity and be good neighbours? One point Jesus explained – he described his followers as those who were no part of this world! Those who prayed for God’s Kingdom and of course like the Christ they are popular with those who know them, but hated by those who love the things God’s Kingdom will remove.

How sad it is that when the Cry is Salvation is at hand! the majority of the population respond we’re not interested.

Therefore, if you want to find out more detail on what the Kingdom is then stop at one of the public witnessing carts in your town, or visit http://www.jw.org

Jehovah’s Witnesses have the message of salvation, it costs nothing to ask the questionand then with support you can open the Bible for yourself and establish how John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” Is the promise that assures us of a future without stumbling from crisis to crisis

The Silent Majority

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” Although not attributed now the quote describes the state of our society today.

2 Timothy 3: 1 “But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come on;2 for men will be selfish, money-mad, pretentious, proud, scurrilous, disobedient to parents, thankless, graceless, loveless, implacable, slanderers, slaves of appetite, ferocious, disinclined to goodness, traitorous, headstrong, conceited, more devoted to pleasure than to God, having a formulation of piety but denying its efficacy; eschew these too”

We see and accept these traits in those around us, honesty speaks in many cases where we can look at ourselves and say “Yes, to some degree that applies to me”.

Does that mean we have to be silent?

Are we compelled to refrain from being critical because we don’t match up perfectly?

Both questions establish a clear basis to look at who we are as an individual. The Apostle Paul made this statement at Romans 7: 21 “I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me.22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within,23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body.24 Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death?25 Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law.”

We battle against one law and promote another. Therefore, when we know something is wrong we know we should make our stand.

Notice how the Apostle Peter brings this to our attention 1 Peter 5: 9 “But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world.”

See things for what they are as described by Jesus half brothers James and Jude first in James 3: 15 “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above; it is earthly, animalistic, demonic” and Jude 18 “how they used to say to you: “In the last time there will be ridiculers, following their own desires for ungodly things.”19 These are the ones who cause divisions, animalistic men, not having spirituality.”

We live in countries that claim they are established on their tenets of faith but because those with faith fail to take a stand publicly the lines between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour Isaiah stated at Isaiah 5: 20 “Woe to those who say that good is bad and bad is good, Those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, Those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

In the scripture quoted in the post from the letter of 2 Timothy 3: 5 “having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.” Godliness or piety is diluted and corrupted. Religious Leaders are allowing things to happen in their own place of worship that the Bible condemns, for example, remember that to be a Christian you have to follow the Christ. He instructed his Apostles to replace their swords and made it clear those who live by the sword are not his followers. A simple yet powerful position. Christians must accept that Jesus Christ is the leader and that he has the right to set the standards. To a Christian we must make the voice of truth known, explain what is acceptable but never deceive those who supplant evil for good. Their standard for God’s.

If the figures are correct from the census there are more Christians in the UK and US and yet evil continues to triumph because they fail to take their stand.

This isn’t a call to arms or collective action, because we stand up on own – one voice advocating God’s Kingdom in the hands of Jesus Christ. Others may stand with us but we must be prepared to stand alone. Jesus demonstrated how that has to be done.

Never lose sight of the promise that God is making all things new through his Kingdom. Take the time to study the bible, get to know Jehovah and give voice to what is right.

You can Enjoy Life Forever by making your personal stand for God’s Kingdom.

Living a philosophical choice

So I got lost in meditation a few days ago, prompted by a scripture. John 11: 26 “and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all.”

Can it be said that we really have a choice on whether we live forever or just exist for today? Living with eternity in mind is very different from being alive.

The opportunity to live forever is extended to Christians many times in the Gospels and throughout the whole Bible.

Often confused with the notion of the reward structure – floating on a cloud plucking at a harp or burning in the pits of Hell fire and being tormented.

The meaning of Philosophical choice –

relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

“philosophical discussions about free will”

So the idea of living forever isn’t just a dream of concept but a fundamental examination of who we are.

Last week I got sent a “Pure Cremation” pack inviting me to plan a “no fuss” funeral and it got me thinking. If I had to choose a date to die on could I? Would everyone think I had lost my mind if I decided that the 29th February 2024 was the date? Would others try to dissuade me?

We all have to die according to science but we look at extending our lives for as long as we can. Those who believe in the immortality of the soul want to remain in the physical form.

None of us with reasonable health or in favourable circumstances would chose to die. So starting at that point we begin to ask what would make life worth living forever? Good health, true peace, real security, removal of poverty, a beautiful home and strong family.

Is this possible? this is where “the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence” comes in. We need to examine for ourselves the evidence. I can tell you or try to explain what I have discovered but the most important way is to seek the truth about our hope and the potential to live forever.

I don’t have the power to give anyone everlasting life but notice the words of Jesus often quoted by Christians John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” and his words at John 4: 14 “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life.”

Study and meditation

Understanding comes from personal study and meditation on God’s word ensures that we have the the insight. Those who look at life today and say there should be so much more and we should be able to find a real meaning to life need to examine, explore and understand that Everlasting Life is a promise not a dream.

To find out how we can be so certain start an examine of the Bible using the Study Aid Enjoy Life Forever follow the advice that we should draw close to God because he is close to each one of use if we reach out to him.

As a parent I remember my sons taking their first steps and walking unassisted what gave them confidence was that we were right their when they needed us, they stretched out their hands and we caught them, the same applies with God – he reaches out for us when we indicate that we need that support.

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Freedom from Oppression

Historically there is evidence to suggest that as one form of oppression wanes another form starts, it has become like a fashion.

Since the dawn of civilisation others have decided they will dominate their neighbours. Often exploiting the fact that the majority do not stand up for themselves.

There is a parable that comes to mind – there are two wolves locked in a bitter struggle, fighting everyday, which one will win – the one you feed most. We can see that governments, religions and poswerful commercial elements have fed oppression. Why? because the oppressor has one goal to dominate another person and cause harm. Note the words at Ecclesiates 8: 9 “All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.”

Is Freedom really possible?

Wherever we live on this planet we are controlled and our lives are managed by authorities, businesses and the propaganda that bombards us all. We are trapped in a cycle of allowing others to set the standards for us.

This week in the USA the great debate continues over abortion, who has the right to terminate the life of the unborn child? Does the unborn child have rights? Does the mother have an overriding say in the freedom to do what she wants with this life?

The way we live now has placed so many conflicting demands on all of us that the result is we can only look at short term solutions. Seek what is best for us as an individual. This is a real conflict. It exists because we die, always too soon and with so much unfulfilled. Therefore taking 20 years out to look after an unplanned child, or having a support circle that can help with raising the child is challenging to find.

The dilemma of true slavery. We are not enslaved or held captive by people but by death! An often quoted statement is there are two things certain in life – death and taxes are as accurate today as when they were first spoken.

We need freedom from Death to End all forms of Oppression!

Weare slaves of sin. The wages of Sin are described as death, therefore, death is the enemy. Once we have clear understanding of the real issues we see the importance of the Apostle Pauls words to the congregation in Rome. Romans 6: 6 “For we know that our old personality was nailed to the stake along with him in order for our sinful body to be made powerless, so that we should no longer go on being slaves to sin.”

So relief from oppression begins with us. We have to change our personality, to discover the real freedom that Jesus spoke of the freedom of the sons of god we need to examine the bible for ourselves.

Be clear oppression, being oppress is a choice, we can opt out. How well refer to the Bible Teachings or review the study aid “Enjoy Life Forever” know the truth and the truth will set you free Jesus stated and that is the beginning of freedom from oppression.